- Associated Press - Thursday, May 5, 2016

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - Some charges against a New York City driver accused in a Long Island crash that killed a cab driver have been dismissed.

Police said Duke Obule was impaired and speeding on April 23 when he hit 47-year-old Paul Mitacek, of Elmont, on Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square. Mitacek died at the scene.

Police said a breath test showed Obule had double the amount of amount of alcohol in his system legal permitted.

Defense attorney Jason Russo tells Newsday (https://nwsdy.li/1rWvA4c ) a blood test concluded Obule’s blood alcohol content was under 0.01 percent.

The judge set Obule’s bail at $500,000 bond or $250,000 cash and granted prosecutors’ request to dismiss charges including vehicular manslaughter.

Obule faces charges including manslaughter and leaving a deadly crash.

A district attorney’s office spokesman declined to comment.


Information from: Newsday, https://www.newsday.com



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